A Question for Washington: Who in the Gulf Finances Terrorism?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Added 20.07.2017
Journalists in Middle Eastern media outlets have been engaged in harsh mudslinging ever since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain (aka the quartet) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar in June over...

The History Is Too Deep, the Pain Is Too Real

by James J. Zogby Added 18.07.2017
  A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making "an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible" for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so...

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

by Adair Turner Added 18.07.2017
LONDON – As the Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted in 1987, computers are “everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, the so-called productivity paradox has become ever more striking. Automation has eliminated many...

The New Abnormal in Monetary Policy

by Nouriel Roubini Added 11.07.2017
NEW YORK – Financial markets are starting to get rattled by the winding down of unconventional monetary policies in many advanced economies. Soon enough, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will be the only central banks...

Poll: Negative Campaign Against Arabs and Muslims Has Consequences

by James J. Zogby Added 11.07.2017
    While, as president, Donald Trump has worked to cultivate a relationship with Arab leaders, the antipathy towards Arabs and Muslims that he and his party have cultivated in recent years continues to have a worrisome impact on American public...

Trump’s Flirtation with Violence

by Ian Buruma Added 10.07.2017
NEW YORK – Some people might have dismissed Donald Trump’s recent tweet of a video clip showing him punching the face of a man with a CNN logo on his head as yet another example of the US president’s vulgar buffoonery – unseemly, perhaps, but...

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

by Dani Rodrik Added 08.07.2017
HAMBURG – This year’s G20 summit in Hamburg promises to be among the more interesting in recent years. For one thing, US President Donald Trump, who treats multilateralism and international cooperation with cherished disdain, will be attending...

Trump’s Gift to Europe

by Joseph S. Nye Added 08.07.2017
OXFORD – At a recent conference in France, a number of Europeans surprised their American guests by arguing that US President Donald Trump might be good for Europe. With Trump returning to Europe for the G20 summit in Hamburg, it’s worth asking...

G20 summit: who will take the US's place as a global leader?

by Tristen Naylor Added 08.07.2017
Global summits were once extraordinary things, marking turning points in international political history. The 1814-15 Congress of Vienna marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the beginning of Europe’s “long” 19th century, during which...

Trump And Kim Think A Lot Alike: Why Not Take Advantage Of It?

by Daniel Wagner Added 07.07.2017
There is no need to engage in too much geopolitical strategizing, intelligence analysis, or weapons capability calculations. What can be done when two nations’ leaders have very similar personality traits, do not like each other, have nuclear...

Putin and Trump’s Tainted Love

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 06.07.2017
MOSCOW – US President Donald Trump must be giddy: this week, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, he will finally meet his Russian counterpart and strongman-hero Vladimir Putin. It is rare for someone who has reached the...

Shaking Russia’s Weak Economic Hand

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 05.07.2017
CAMBRIDGE – When Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his American counterpart, Donald Trump, at this week’s G20 summit in Hamburg, he will not be doing so from a position of economic strength. To be sure, despite the steep drop in oil prices...

Should We Be Worried About Productivity Trends?

by Sandile Hlatshwayo and Michael Spence Added 01.07.2017
MILAN – Economists concern themselves not only with addressing difficult questions thoughtfully, but also with formulating the questions themselves. Sometimes, rethinking those questions can hold the key to finding the answers we need. Consider...

Russia’s Oligarchs-in-Waiting

by Anders Åslund Added 30.06.2017
STOCKHOLM – Under President Vladimir Putin, cronyism has replaced Russia’s once-burgeoning capitalism. If Putin lives by any motto, it is this: “To my friends, anything; for my enemies, the law.” In his 2000 “autobiography,” First Person , Putin...

Another Lesson from Japan

by Stephen S. Roach Added 27.06.2017
NEW HAVEN – Yet another in a long string of negative inflation surprises is at hand. In the United States, the so-called core CPI (consumer price index) – which excludes food and energy – has headed down just when it was supposed to be going up....

We’ll Always Need Paris

by Adair Turner Added 25.06.2017
LONDON – President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement is deeply regrettable and based on flawed economic analysis. But unstoppable technological progress, plus determined action by other...

The Underside of Uber

by Lucy P. Marcus Added 25.06.2017
LONDON – The car-hailing app Uber’s board members and investors have received an outpouring of praise in recent days for forcing CEO Travis Kalanick to resign. They don’t deserve it. On the contrary, while Kalanick did indeed need to go, the...

A year on from Brexit, the UK is more divided than ever

by Sean Lang Added 23.06.2017
Of all the oddities surrounding Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election, perhaps the oddest was her assertion that “the country is coming together but Westminster is not”. The evidence seemed to show exactly the reverse. The result of the...

The Russian-Roulette Presidency

by Elizabeth Drew Added 22.06.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Unless US President Donald Trump decides that he has had enough, and returns to his gilded Manhattan tower, his presidency’s metastasizing crisis will continue to haunt him. Investigations in the United States Senate and House...

The End of the Trump Administration?

by Jorge G. Castañeda Added 16.06.2017
MEXICO CITY – The world’s view of US President Donald Trump’s administration is changing for the worse. In fact, the chaos and controversy that have marked Trump’s short time in office have deepened doubts, both inside and outside the United...
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